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Helleborus lividus
I just snapped this photo of the beautiful Helleborus lividus. This is the most heat tolerant and least winter tolerant of the lenten rose species. We've grown Helleborus lividus outdoors for over 20 years, despite experts claiming it isn't winter hardy here. Hint...it needs summer heat to be winter hardy. The new foliage actually emerges in the fall, unlike all other Hellebore species. Although the flowers are interesting, this is one hellebore that we grow for the amazing foliage. Helleborus lividis also prefers a bit more sun and will not thrive in deep shade. In recent years, Helleborus lividus has been hybridized with Helleborus niger to create cold tolerant hybrids with attractive veined foliage. There are two types of these hybrids, Helleborus x ballardiae and Helleborus x ericsmithii.